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Libby O'Connell - The American Plate

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 12:00pm

A mouthwatering history of the evolution of American food from the lead historian at the History Channel, Libby O'Connell.

For generations, people have proudly defined themselves and their values through their national cuisine. But American food, like its history, is a world of its own. This enticingly fresh book introduces modern readers to lost American food traditions and leads them on a tantalizing culinary journey through the evolution of our vibrant cuisine and culture. Covering a hundred different foods from the Native American-era through today and featuring over a dozen recipes and photos, The American Plate is a fascinating history of American food that will delight history buffs and food lovers alike.

 

The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781492603023
Availability: Special Order
Published: Sourcebooks - November 11th, 2014

"Like many miniencyclopedias, this one is studded with often intriguing facts."--Kirkus

From the chief historian at HISTORY(R) comes a rich chronicle of the evolution of American cuisine and culture, from before Columbus's arrival to today.


Tony Gemignani - The Pizza Bible

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 12:30pm

The Pizza Bible is the first comprehensive guide to making the world’s favorite styles of pizza from internationally renowned chef and 11-time World Pizza Champion Tony Gemignani.

Pizza is one of the world's most well-known and beloved foods, but most pizza books only cover one or two varieties of pie. Tony has spent his life tracking down and perfecting the great regional and international pizza styles and variations and is now revealing the recipes, secrets, and techniques behind his award-winning pies and acclaimed restaurants. From Chicago deep-dish or cracker-thin to a big, fluffy Sicilian pan pizza or classic Neapolitan margherita with authentic char blistering the edges, he’s all about bringing pizza to the people in all its glorious forms—and teaching us all how to turn out five-star killer-pizzeria-quality pizzas at home.

Tony Gemignani is the chef and owner of eight restaurants: Tony's Pizza Napoletana, Capo's, Tony's Coal-Fired Pizza, and Slice House by Tony Gemignani at AT&T Park in San Francisco, Pizza Rock in Sacramento and Las Vegas, Tony's of North Beach, and Slice House by Tony Gemignani in Rohnert Park. The U.S. Ambassador of Neapolitan Pizza to the city of Naples, Gemignani is also proprietor of the International School of Pizza in San Francisco, where he certifies chefs from around the world.

 

The Pizza Bible: The World's Favorite Pizza Styles, from Neapolitan, Deep-Dish, Wood-Fired, Sicilian, Calzones and Focaccia to New York Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781607746058
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Published: Ten Speed Press - October 28th, 2014

A comprehensive guide to making pizza, covering nine different regional styles--including Neapolitan, Roman, Chicago, and Californian--from 12-time world Pizza Champion Tony Gemignani.


Evan Goldstein - Wines of South America

Friday, December 5, 2014 - 5:30pm

The most comprehensive guide to the wines of the entire continent, Wines of South America introduces readers to the astounding quality and variety of wines that until recently have been enjoyed, for the most part, only locally. Master Sommelier Evan Goldstein leads wine enthusiasts on an exciting geographical journey across ten countries, describing the wines, grapes, and regions of each.

Goldstein begins the tour with a continental overview, discussing the arrival of the vine and wine culture, surveying the range of grapes planted and cultivated, and summarizing the development of modern day viticulture and winemaking. He explores the two giants of the continent, Argentina and Chile, in expansive chapters that cover their unique histories, wine regions, wine styles, prominent grapes, and leading producers. Goldstein covers the evolving industries of Brazil and Uruguay and discusses the modern-day activities in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela.

In 1987 Evan Goldstein became the eighth American and youngest ever at the time to pass the prestigious Master Sommelier examination. He served two terms as chairman of the American Chapter of the Court of Master Sommeliers, served as an adviser to the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation, acted on the Board of Directors of Women Chefs’ and Restaurateurs, and received finalist nominations four times for the James Beard “Outstanding Wine & Spirits Professional” award in 1998, 2000, 2001 and 2005.

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$39.95
ISBN: 9780520273931
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Published: University of California Press - August 29th, 2014

The most comprehensive guide to the wines of the entire continent, Wines of South America introduces readers to the astounding quality and variety of wines that until recently have been enjoyed, for the most part, only locally. Master Sommelier Evan Goldstein leads wine enthusiasts on an exciting geographical journey across ten countries, describing the wines, grapes, and regions of each.


Mielle Chenier-Cowan Rose - Veganish

Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 12:30pm

Tens of thousands of people have put down their knives in favor of a vegan or vegetarian diet for weight loss or to control blood pressure and cholesterol. Many people got exactly what they were looking for, along with a few surprises, such as loss of bone density and dental issues. Mielle Chenier-Cowan Rose has experienced much the same in her journey as a vegan chef raising her child vegan. This utterly unique "vegan +" cookbook offers over 100 easy-to-make vegan recipes and many basic methods and cooking techniques, as well as advanced options. A trained chef and nutritionist, Rose also offers sage advice about food and nutrition, along with her personal story about transitioning from a 20-year long vegetarian diet to eating some animal-based foods. Rose has dedicated herself to making sure vegan and vegetarian folks are aware of vital and important information about the vegan diet, including the nutritional elements that are essential to good health, especially for families and children. Veganish is necessary reading for anybody considering this lifestyle and a must-have for veggie families with children.

Mielle Chenier-Cowan Rose has been a vegan chef and advocate for natural living for over 15 years. She studied healing foods and culinary nutrition at Bauman College and has worked with some of the most prominent vegetarian restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area, including the raw food restaurant phenomenon Cafe Gratitude.

 

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781936740840
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Published: Viva Editions - October 14th, 2014

Tens of thousands of people have put down their knives in favor of a vegan or vegetarian diet for weight loss or to control blood pressure and cholesterol. Many people got exactly what they were looking for, along with a few surprises, such as loss of bone density and dental issues. Mielle Chenier-Cowan Rose has experienced much the same in her journey as a vegan chef raising her child vegan.


Margarita Carrillo Arronte - Mexico: The Cookbook

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 12:00pm

The first truly comprehensive bible of authentic Mexican home cooking, written by a living culinary legend, Mexico: The Cookbook features an unprecedented 700 recipes from across the entire country, showcasing the rich diversity and flavors of Mexican cuisine. Author Margarita Carrillo Arronte has dedicated 30 years to researching, teaching, and cooking Mexican food, resulting in this impressive collection of Snacks and Street Food, Starters and Salads, Eggs, Soups, Fish, Meat, Vegetables, Accompaniments, Rice and Beans, Breads and Pastries, and Drinks and Desserts.

Chef and restaurateur Margarita Carrillo Arronte was born into a large family who respected their deep cultural and culinary roots, and has devoted nearly 35 years to help traditional Mexican cuisine find its way to every corner of the world. She has lectured about Mexican food at schools, including The Culinary Institute of America and Le Cordon Bleu.

 

 

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$49.95
ISBN: 9780714867526
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Published: Phaidon Press - October 27th, 2014

A New York Times Best Seller

A Publishers Weekly Top Ten Cookbook (Fall 2014)

"All my life I have wanted to travel through Mexico to learn authentic recipes from each region and now I don't have to - Margarita has done it for me " - Eva Longoria


Dining with Writers: Corky, Lori, Tracy & Dana Pollan - The Pollan Family Table

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 6:00pm

Spinster Sisters, Santa Rosa • Ticket: $95 (includes book & meal)

A gorgeous, fully illustrated collection of recipes, cooking techniques, and pantry wisdom for delicious, healthy, and harmonious family meals from the incredible Pollan family--with a foreword from Michael Pollan.
In The Pollan Family Table, Corky, Lori, Dana, and Tracy Pollan invite you into their warm, inspiring kitchens, sharing more than 100 of their family's best recipes. For generations, the Pollans have used fresh, local ingredients to cook healthy, irresistible meals. Michael Pollan, whose bestselling books have changed our culture and the way we think about food, writes in his foreword about how the family meals he ate growing up shaped his worldview. This stunning and practical cookbook gives readers the tools they need to implement the Pollan food philosophy in their everyday lives and to make great, nourishing, delectable meals that bring families back to the table.


Standouts like Grand Marnier Citrus Roasted Chicken, Crispy Parmesan Zucchini Chips, and Key Lime Pie with Walnut Oatmeal Crust are easy to make yet sophisticated enough to dazzle family and friends. This instant kitchen classic will help readers create incredible meals and cultivate traditions that improve health, well-being, and family happiness.

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$30.00
ISBN: 9781476746371
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Scribner Book Company - October 28th, 2014

A BookPage Best Cookbook of 2015

Winner of the Gourmand International Cookbook Award 2015, Best in the World, Best First Cookbook.

A gorgeous, fully illustrated collection of recipes, cooking techniques, and pantry wisdom for delicious, healthy, and harmonious family meals from the incredible Pollan family--with a foreword from Michael Pollan.


Cooks with Books: Marcus Samuelsson - Marcus Off Duty

Monday, November 3, 2014 - 12:00pm

Jardinière in San Francisco • Single $125; Couple $205 (one book)

Please note: online registration is now closed. For ticket availability, please call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1.       

For two decades, Marcus Samuelsson has captivated food lovers with his brilliant culinary interpretations. Born in Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, and trained in European kitchens, he is a world citizen turned American success story. Not only was Samuelsson the youngest chef ever to receive three stars from the New York Times, he is also a five-time James Beard Award recipient, a winner of Top Chef Masters, and a judge on Chopped. Chosen by President Obama to cook the first state dinner, he is now a charismatic TV host.

In Marcus Off Duty, the chef who former President Bill Clinton says "has reinvigorated and reimagined what it means to be American" serves up the dishes he makes at his Harlem home for his wife and friends. The recipes blend a rainbow of the flavors he experienced in his travels-Ethiopian, Swedish, Mexican, Caribbean, Italian, and Southern soul. His eclectic, casual food includes dill-spiced salmon; coconut-lime curried chicken; mac, cheese, and greens; chocolate pie spiced with Indian garam masala; and for kids, peanut noodles with slaw. This is an inside glimpse into how one of the world's top chefs cooks in his home kitchen for those nearest and dearest to him.

Marcus Samuelsson is owner of Red Rooster restaurant in Harlem and former Executive Chef and co-owner of New York's Restaurant Aquavit, AQ Cafe at Scandinavia House, and Riingo. His cookbooks include Aquavit and the New Scandinavian Cuisine, The Soul of a New Cuisine, which won the 2007 James Beard Foundation Award for best international cookbook, and New American Table.

The ticket includes the meal, wine, tax, tip, and a signed copy of the book. 

 

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$35.00
ISBN: 9780470940587
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Published: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 21st, 2014

The award-winning celebrity chef and New York Times best-selling author unwinds at home, sharing 150 relaxed, multicultural dishesFor two decades, Marcus Samuelsson has captivated food lovers with his brilliant culinary interpretations. Born in Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, and trained in European kitchens, he is a world citizen turned American success story.


Cooks with Books: Cal Peternell - Twelve Recipes

Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 12:30pm

Left Bank in Larkspur • Single $105; Couple $165 (includes signed book & meal)

Please note: online sales have now closed. Please call (415) 927-0960 to inquire about ticket availability.

When his oldest son was leaving for college, Cal Peternell, the chef of San Francisco's legendary Chez Panisse, realized that, although he regularly made dinners for his family, he'd never taught them the basics of cooking. Based on the life-altering course of instruction he prepared and honed through many phone calls with his son, Twelve Recipes is the ultimate introduction to the kitchen. Peternell focuses on the core foods and dishes that comprise a successful home cook's arsenal, each building skill upon skill--from toast, eggs, and beans, to vinaigrettes, pasta with tomato, and rice, to vegetables, soup, meats, and cake.

Twelve Recipes will help home cooks develop a core repertoire of skills and increase their culinary confidence. Peternell tells you what basic ingredients and tools you need for a particular recipe, and then adds variations to expand your understanding. Each tip, instruction, and recipe connects with others to weave into a larger story that illuminates the connection between food and life. A deeply personal book, it was written by the chef alone and it glows with warmth and humor as he mulls over such mundane items as toast and rice to offer surprising new insights about foods that only seem exceedingly ordinary. It's a book you're as likely to keep by your bedside as your stovetop. With Peternell as your guide, the journey is pure pleasure and the destination is delicious.

The ticket includes the meal, wine, tax, tip, and a signed copy of the book. 

 

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$27.99
ISBN: 9780062270306
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Published: William Morrow & Company - October 21st, 2014

Winner of the 2015 International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Cookbook Award

Forewords by Alice Waters and Michael Pollan


Armistead Maupin - Tales of the City

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 12:00pm
Reserved seating with lunch tickets are sold out. Come early for standing room!

Join Book Passage and the S.F. Public Library for an event celebrating their 2014 One City One Book selection Tales of the City and author Armistead Maupin. Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City has blazed its own trail through popular culture—from a groundbreaking newspaper serial, to a classic novel, to a television event that entranced millions around the world.

This event is open to the public, but attendees who prepay for the box lunch (organic and farm-fresh from Golden Gate Meat Company in the Ferry Building; turkey & vegetarian options available) are guaranteed seating. Please order in advance; seating is limited. 

Armistead Maupin is the author of Maybe the Moon, The Night Listener, and the bestselling Tales of the City series.

 

 

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$15.99
ISBN: 9780061358302
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 29th, 2007

The first novel in the beloved Tales of the City series, Armistead Maupin's best-selling San Francisco saga, soon to return to television as a Netflix original series once again starring Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis.


Charles Phan - The Slanted Door

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 7:00pm

In conversation with KQED's Thuy Vu
Ticket: $45 (includes book and food samples)

The long-awaited cookbook from The Slanted Door, James Beard award-winning chef Charles Phan’s beloved San Francisco Vietnamese restaurant.

Charles Phan opened The Slanted Door in San Francisco’s Mission District in 1995, inspired by the food of his native Vietnam. Since then, The Slanted Door has moved across town to the historic Ferry Building and has grown into a world-class dining destination. Its accessible, modern take on classic Vietnamese dishes is adored by diners, chefs, and critics alike. The Slanted Door is a love letter to the restaurant, its people, and its food, featuring stories and essays along with its most iconic recipes such as Seared Scallops with Vietnamese Beurre Blanc, Wok-Seared Eggplant with Satay Sauce, and Rack of Lamb with Tamarind Sauce. In addition to recipes, the book will include an extensive cocktail section, and essays on its esteemed wine program.

Charles Phan is the executive chef and owner of The Slanted Door family of restaurants. He received the James Beard Award for Best Chef California in 2004, and in 2011 was inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s list of Who’s Who of Food in America.

Thuy Vu is a four-time Emmy award winning journalist, anchor and program host who’s covered everything from presidential debates to culinary creations.  She currently hosts KQED Newsroom, an innovative multi-platform news analysis and interview program that digs deeper, taking audiences beyond the headlines and quick soundbites.  The program is available on KQED television, radio and online.  

The Slanted Door: Modern Vietnamese Food Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781607740544
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ten Speed Press - October 7th, 2014

The long-awaited cookbook featuring 100 recipes from James Beard award-winning chef Charles Phan's beloved San Francisco Vietnamese restaurant, The Slanted Door.


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